Alzheimer’s is probably the most feared disease as you start to get older witnessed by the amount of jokes and humor about it. But the fact is, Alzheimer’s is difficult to deal with for everyone involved. Feelings of helplessness, frustration and guilt are often felt by family members who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Numerous studies over the last decade have shown that coffee drinkers have less dementia. Those who drank three to five cups a day (eight ounce cups) in middle age had a lower risk of Alzheimer’s or other dementia 21 years later than those who drank less…or more. People who drink regular coffee also have a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. Caffeine is an anti- inflammatory and Alzheimer’s is a disease of inflammation of the brain. It is not just the caffeine that helps protect against Alzheimer’s, since rats who were given just a caffeine solution did not get the same benefits as the rats who were given actual coffee so there are other compounds in coffee that are protective.
Regular or decaf may also help to prevent diabetes which is also linked to dementia. But stay away from sugar and creamer, all of these excess calories can add up to weight gain. Studies also show that the risk of dementia was triple for those who had larger midsection (belly fat) in middle age. The bottom line is that coffee is good for you but also follow common sense, if you have trouble sleeping at night a cup of Joe 2 hours before bedtime is probably not a good idea or if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure caffeine is not a good idea.
Coffee and tea along with foods like blueberries and cherries are very healthy but can stain your teeth. Dr. Edward Camacho at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio recommends brushing as soon as possible after consuming food and drinks that can stain teeth. If brushing is not possible then rinse your mouth. As we age, teeth tend to get darker and more yellow and if you are eating a healthy diet you will be consuming foods and drinks that will stain your teeth. Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio we use a proprietary bleaching system called KOR. For the first time, deep seated stains, including some tetracycline, can be eliminated. “Dark and dingy teeth can make you look older”, states Dr. Camacho, “whitening your teeth is an inexpensive way to help bring about a more youthful appearance.”